The crime? A private speech given by Britain’s top anti-terrorism policeman, John Yates, at a meeting of top police officers.
The scene of the crime? A meeting ofÂ the Association of Chief Police Officers’ (ACPO) conference in Manchester.
Whodunnit? John Yates’s speech set out the risks of cutting police force budgets; not least the particular risk to terrorist prevention; baiting a senior government Minister, Francis Maude, in the process.
Following the speech, the Cabinet Office Minister, Francis Maude, went on the offensive. Berating Assistant Commissioner Yates, heÂ noted that all government officials should be on their toes with their own spending requirements, budget cuts and expenses; stating that public officials should spend less time carping about their budget cuts and more time doing their jobs.
Giving no quarter, this was cut and thrust stuff indeed from the Minister.
The message got through to AssistantÂ Commissioner Yates. His speech at a later public session of the ACPO conference didn’t stray into matters of budget cuts.
Yates of the Yard is no stranger to controversy. He investigated the cash for honours case and also Princess Diana’s Butler.Â This appears to be the first time, though, that he’s had a very public slap down for one of his speeches.
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